Canucks Babych and Lumme to Kitimat for BCHL Road Show

in Other News, regular season

 

February 10, 2020

The BCHL and LNG Canada have teamed up with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni for a Road Show event in Kitimat, this coming weekend.

The Road Show will feature the defending Fred Page Cup Champion Prince George Spruce Kings and their Mainland Division rivals the Langley Rivermen playing a pair of games in the community of Kitimat. The games will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 at Tamitik Arena.

The Canucks Alumni are also participating, sending two of their most distinguished members to the event, Dave Babych and Jyrki Lumme. Both were an integral part of the Canucks famous 1994 team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Babych and Lumme will be participating in youth hockey clinics on Friday and will be at the Fan Zone on Saturday, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at the Fan Zone at Tamitik Arena.

Dave Babych

Famous for his outstanding moustache, Babych put together a 20-year NHL career, including seven seasons with the Canucks. Drafted second overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1980, the Edmonton, Alta. native played the first five years of his career there before being traded to the Hartford Whalers in 1985-86, then was acquired by the Canucks to start the 1991-92 season. He played in 1,194 regular-season NHL games, putting up 723 points in the process. He was named an NHL All-Star in 1982-83 and 1983-84 with the Jets

Jyrki Lumme

Drafted in the third round of the 1986 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Lumme played two seasons with the Habs before being traded to Vancouver in 1990. Lumme, from Tampere, Finland, went on to play nine seasons for the Canucks before finishing his NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs. Lumme played a total of 985 NHL games and registered 468 points. He also won a silver medal with Finland at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Alta. as well as a bronze at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the first Olympics with NHL participation.

 

“We are extremely excited to bring BCHL hockey to the community of Kitimat,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “This event is a great way for us to showcase our BCHL talent outside of our 17 local markets and reach hockey fans that might not be able to attend our games.”

“We are pleased to support an initiative that brings communities together and encourages young people to be active,” added Susannah Pierce, Director Corporate Affairs with LNG Canada.

Canucks Alumni

The Canucks Alumni is made up of former hockey players, coaches and administrators and has over 100 members and associates in the Greater Vancouver area. The mandate of the alumni association is “to work for the improvement of personal relationships among all members of the hockey fraternity, to provide financial and other forms of assistance to members of the hockey community and their families, when in need, to support charitable causes, primarily youth orientated, and to generally promote the game of ice hockey at all levels”. The alumni interacts with the NHL Canucks in most of the team’s charitable and community fundraisers and operates a schedule of its own benefit hockey games and golf tournaments throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond.